Feature Story Monday, November 18, 2013
Putting the Heat on Climate Change
Day of Action rally at Chilliwack MP's office
Released by Michael Hale/Voice photos
Protestors garner drivers attention on Vedder Road outside of MP Mark Strahl's office on Saturday.
ver 100 communities across Canada came together on November 16 to show a united wall of opposition to pipelines, reckless tar sands expansion, and runaway climate change.
On Saturday, residents of Chilliwack joined communities across Canada in a national Defend Our Climate, Defend our Communities day of action to show growing opposition to the risks posed by pipelines and oil sands expansion to our climate and communities.
The action comes as federal and provincial governments are pushing for pipelines across the country.
The action took place at Mark Strahl's Office. Local volunteers organized the event with national support and facilitation by Leadnow.ca and dozens of environmental, Indigenous and community groups. Over 60 Chilliwack community members came out to support the national effort.
Local host of the event, Rachel Knudsen, volunteered for Leadnow.ca to help to get the word out to locals about the event. "I've never done anything like this before, but I think there's a growing number of people like me who just can't be apathetic about this issue anymore. One day my children are going to ask me what I did to prevent climate change, and I can't live with the idea of saying I didn't do anything. I just ignored it."
The day of action comes as a recent poll designed by the University of Montreal shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians want the federal government to take stronger action on climate change.
"We saw communities opposed to reckless oil pipeline expansion in the West uniting with communities in the east and the north to defend our climate and communities," said Maggie Knight of Leadnow.ca. "We are seeing the growing impacts of more extreme weather across the world, and the people who stood up today want Canada to be part of the solution."
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